There are likely other reasons as well, especially psychological ones, including sociopathic levels of need for extreme control ‘the other’, even when ‘the other’ is the same color or ethnicity. Of course black cops kill other blacks, including unarmed ones, and as an honest black Chief of Police had said a decade ago: ‘When a cop zips on the uniform of the security state, he becomes what the Police Chief demands’. I wish I could remember his name; he’d not allowed his force to carry guns, and back then, it was working to cut down on actual crime .
But I’d start with the use of billions of dollars worth of ‘excess’ military weapons of war given to police department all over the nation. The 1033 Program given rise to The Warrior Kop:
From 1997 until 2014, $5.1 billion in military hardware were transferred from the Department of Defense to local American law enforcement agencies, according to DLA’s “Law Enforcement Support Office” (LESO) and material worth $449 million was transferred in 2013 alone. About a third of the equipment is new. The most commonly obtained item from the 1033 program is ammunition. Other most commonly requested items include cold weather clothing, sand bags, medical supplies, sleeping bags, flashlights and electrical wiring. The 1033 program also transfers office equipment such as fax machines, which many smaller police departments are unable to afford. The DLA also offers tactical armored vehicles, weapons, including grenade launchers, watercraft, and aircraft.It was not until media coverage of militarized police during August 2014 Ferguson unrest that the program drew nationwide public attention. President Obama ordered a multi-agency review and ultimately decided to keep the program. The ACLU has raised concerns about the militarization of police forces in the US.’
Second, many PDs give preferential hiring to returning vets who i) are familiar with the use of weapons of war, and ii) often reflexively see ‘the enemy’ in a kill-or-be-killed way, even of course. when a perceived ‘enemy’ is unarmed or otherwise compliant to police orders. PTSD, anyone?
Third and very importantly, is that many police departments are trained by the Israeli IDF in counter-terrorism tactics. The NYPD even has a branch office in Israel.
From the jewishvirtuallibrary.org: ‘U.S.-Israel Strategic Cooperation: Joint Police & Law Enforcement Training’, a few snippets:
‘With the United States on constant terror alert since the events of September 11, 2001, American police and law enforcement officials are taking advantage of Israel’s expertise in various facets of counter-terrorism and first response to better protect the American people.
In January 2003, thirty-three senior U.S. law enforcement officials – from Washington, Chicago, Kansas City, Boston and Philadelphia – traveled to Israel to attend a meeting on “Law Enforcement in the Era of Global Terror.” The workshops helped build skills in identifying terrorist cells, enlisting public support for the fight against terrorism and coping with the aftermath of a terrorist attack.’
Also, in 2003, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security established a special Office of International Affairs to institutionalize the relationship between Israeli and American security officials. “I think we can learn a lot from other countries, particularly Israel, which unfortunately has a long history of preparing for and responding to terrorist attacks,” said Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) about the special office.
In early September 2012, the New York Police Department (NYPD) opened an Israeli branch at the Sharon District Police Headquarters in the Israeli coastal city of Kfar Saba. The NYPD decision to open an Israeli branch rested on the fact that the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact.’
The Library mentions the Department of Homeland Security, as well, and in 2015, funded by the Anti-Defamation League, boatloads of US ‘security’ agencies and PDs traveled to Israel to learn their ‘techniques’: Officials from the U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, Oakland and Miami-Dade police departments.
In 2017 52 more ‘Law Enforcement Officers’ from 12 states took the training. Perhaps the Minneapolis police chiefs were there then?
‘The Nature of Israeli Training of US Police Officers’, David Lange, [a creepy Hasbara site] May 31, 2020
‘So here’s what you need to know: the police officers receive counter-terrorism training, and the training even tackles the issue of whether law enforcement operations could violate civil rights.’
Lange’s link goes to: ‘Minn. police learn from Israeli counter-terrorism conference’, June 26, 2012, mprnews.org
‘About 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis Monday.
The conference was put on by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the FBI and Minnetonka police.
“Every year we are bringing top-notch professionals from the Israeli police to share some knowledge and know how about how to deal with the terrorism with our American friends,” Arieli said.’
‘U.S. Police are Being Trained by Israel—And Communities of Color Are Paying the Price, In recent years, Georgia has experienced troubling trends in fatal police shootings. As this has unfolded, the state continues to pursue a “police exchange” program with the state of Israel’, by Azadeh Shahshahani, Ilise Benshushan Cohen, October 7, 2019
‘In recent years, Georgia has experienced troubling trends in [increasing] fatal police shootings.
As this has unfolded, Georgia continues to pursue a “police exchange” program with the state of Israel. Run through Georgia State University, the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange arranges for American law enforcement officials, corporate security executives, and police officers to engage in trainings, briefings, and seminars with governments including that of China, Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the original and primary focus of the program, Israel.
For twenty-seven years, police departments in Georgia have received grants from the U.S. Department of Justice that subsidize these trainings. Since the program’s inception in 1992, it has trained at least 1,700 participants, including officers from the Atlanta Police Department.’
Law enforcement from other U.S. states have participated in the program, including those from Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Floria, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.’
How might it all get reversed? Whoosh. Especially given that this a Warrior Nation, Warrior Empire with a total need to be in Total Command and Control of the World, because: Amerikan Exceptionalism, ‘We Export Democracy’
Until it changes, why wouldn’t a protestor like Ferguson Edward Crawford (RIPower) protestor throw one of the po-po’s incendiary tear gas canisters back at them?
(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)